Using Botox or Dysport to minimize facial wrinkles is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world. “Many people have recently become aware of the FDA’s approval for using Botox to treat migraine headaches.
However, few are aware of it’s indication to treat excessive sweating,” states Dr. Craig Inger, MD, a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and owner of DermaCure of Valencia.
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Hyper Hydrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating usually involving the underarms, palms or feet. Dr. Ingber explains, “Often these areas are treated with topical medications. However, when medical grade antiperspirants are not effective Botox is the next step.”
Botox reduces or eliminates sweating by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When effective, sweat is not produced or is greatly reduced in the treated areas. The production of excessive sweat stops only in the areas treated.
In a medical study, 81% achieved a greater than 50% reduction in sweating. “Botox is not a cure,” Dr. Ingber tells us. “The treatment has to be repeated at intervals. In more than half the patients the effectiveness lasted 7 months, however durations of up to 2 years were not uncommon. Sweating returns gradually and usually the patient knows when it is time to return to the doctor.”
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“The treatment only takes a few minutes and is not uncomfortable. Botox is not advisable in certain conditions, such as pregnancy or breastfeeding. With some rare diseases like Lou Gehrig’s disease, Myasthenia Gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome Botox must be used with caution. Side effects include bruising in the area and temporary headache,” Dr. Ingber advises.
Botox is an excellent treatment modality in patients with excessive sweating who have failed traditional remedies. The treatment is available at Dermacure Valencia with all injections performed by Craig F. Ingber, MD.
Source: Santa Clarita News